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From the Associated Press:
A panel appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder is recommending ways to improve Michigan's state park system.
The 16-member group sent its findings to the governor Oct. 19. The report calls for finding new funding sources for parks, including seeking bonding authority to reduce a backlog of maintenance needs.
It also proposes re-establishing the State Parks Foundation to accept private donations.
It recommends developing more regionally connected trail networks, establishing four or five "signature parks" to help revitalize core urban areas and stepping up marketing efforts.
The panel's membership included representatives of nature conservancies, trail groups, environmental advocates and recreation specialists.
Snyder said he appointed the panel to seek ways to help the park system adapt for growth and investment.
From a National Park Service news release:
Moraine Park Campground near Estes Park has reopened. The Fern Lake Fire forced an evacuation of the area on Oct. 9. Park managers put a temporary closure in place to protect the safety of all park visitors. A reduced area closure is still in effect. This closure will be in effect for the duration of the Fern Lake Fire.
The Fern Lake Fire is 630 acres and 30% contained. The fire continues to be managed with a full suppression strategy. Firefighters are monitoring and patrolling the fire. Contingency fire lines are in place. The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain with beetle killed trees. It is too dangerous for firefighters to conduct a direct attack, so this type of indirect attack strategy is being used.
From the Wichita Eagle:
Robin Jennison, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism secretary, wants his organization to start managing parks owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Jennison told Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commissioners such an arrangement could help state parks and the federal government.
“The reality of it is, the federal government is looking for ways to save money,” Jennison said during Thursday’s (Oct. 18) commission meeting. “If we could manage their parks like they’re our own, it could be to their advantage and our advantage.”
Jennison said he’s in early discussions with Corps of Engineer officials.
Currently, the Corps of Engineers manages campgrounds at several Kansas lakes, including Marion Reservoir.
Jennison said the federal campgrounds are competition for Kansas state parks, and often have better locations and lower rates.
He’s not sure if the federal parks would be leased by Wildlife and Parks, or if they’d be given to the state.
The concept is also being discussed in other states.
Jennison said the federal agency approached Kansas state parks about 20 years ago about making a similar arrangement, but was defeated by Corps of Engineer employees and campers who preferred the federal park pricing.